Verifying Your Accessory Belt Drive System
While it’s easy to take your vehicle’s accessory belt drive system for granted, it certainly isn’t wise: if the system fails, you’re basically stuck on the side of the road. The full accessory belt drive system needs to be inspected: the belt, the automatic belt tensioner, pulleys and all other critical parts within the drive. Fixing only part of the problem isn’t enough and could result in potential roadside breakdown, leading to more costly repairs.
Do you have the right tools and equipment?
Before you remove and install a belt, you’ll need the following:
- 3/8-in. extension and ratchet
- Torque wrench
Are you aware of proper maintenance procedures?
When working on your vehicle, we recommend you follow these safety rules:
- Have a first-aid kit handy.
- Be careful when working around hot or sharp objects.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all products.
- Don’t run the engine without proper ventilation.